Pasta Salad Pepperoni Cups

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Pasta Salad Pepperoni Cups, Hormel Pepperoni baked until crispy and topped with a creamy orzo pasta salad!

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It’s officially spring and here in Florida, we have already been experiencing days in the high 80’s. It’s insane! So the warmer temperatures have really got me craving classic hot weather foods. Salads, ribs, ice cream and grilling out more than 3 times a week!

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Pasta Salad Pepperoni Cups, Hormel Pepperoni baked until crispy and topped with a creamy orzo pasta salad!

Pasta Salad Pepperoni Cups, Hormel Pepperoni baked until crispy and topped with a creamy orzo pasta salad! - ThisSillyGirlsLife.com #PepItUp #Ad

It’s officially spring and here in Florida, we have already been experiencing days in the high 80’s. It’s insane! So the warmer temperatures have really got me craving classic hot weather foods. Salads, ribs, ice cream and grilling out more than 3 times a week!

You all know I love a good appetizer. So I wanted to make something to tie in the two. A salad and an app. Pasta salad was something I hadn’t made this year yet and I have been craving it! You can make it so many ways and I saw these super cute little Hormel Pepperoni’s at the grocery store and I knew they would be the perfect addition to my pasta salad! So, I gathered up the rest of my ingredients, along with the original Hormel Pepperonis and I was on my way home to experiment with this fun appetizer!

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So, this pasta salad recipe is extremely simple and basic. I love offering up these types of recipes for you all because it is so easy to add your own personal touches to it! Basically, it is just orzo pasta, red onion, red bell pepper, provolone cheese and Homel Pepperoni. Combine those ingredients with my super flavorful creamy Italian dressing and you have a perfect side dish! BUT, you can easily make it your own by adding all your favorites like; grape tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, pepperoncini, whatever your little heart desires!

Now, to turn this side into an appetizer perfect for any spring or summer gathering, pile it on top of crispy pepperoni cups!

Pasta Salad Pepperoni Cups, Hormel Pepperoni baked until crispy and topped with a creamy orzo pasta salad! - ThisSillyGirlsLife.com #PepItUp #Ad

So cute right?! And, extremely easy! Check out the recipe below:

Pasta Salad Pepperoni Cups

 

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Pasta Salad Pepperoni Cups

Pasta Salad Pepperoni Cups, Hormel Pepperoni baked until crispy and topped with a creamy orzo pasta salad!
Author: Dana at ThisSillyGirlsLife.com

Ingredients

Pasta Salad

  • 1 Cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 2 slices provolone cheese diced into quarter inch pieces
  • 2 tsp red onion fine dice
  • 2 Tbls red bell pepper fine dice
  • 1/2 Cup mini Hormel Pepperoni
  • Original Hormel Pepperoni for cups

Creamy Italian Dressing

  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 Tbls mayo
  • 2 tsp Italian herb paste or chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbls water
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Creamy Italian Dressing

  • Whisk all of the ingredients together and set aside.

Pasta Salad

  • Cook orzo pasta to directions on the back of the box. Strain and rinse with cold water until pasta is no longer warm. Allow to drain thoroughly.
  • While pasta is draining, prepare the remaining ingredients. Place the drained pasta, bell pepper, onion, cheese and mini Hormel pepperoni in a medium sized bowl. Add dressing and mix to combine. Let sit in the fridge to combine flavors for at least 2 hours.
  • During this time make the pepperoni cups by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. Place pepperoni slices into a mini cupcake tin. Bake for 7 minutes until crispy but not browned. Take out of oven and let the excess oil drain onto paper towels, set aside.
  • When ready to serve, place a small amount of the pasta salad on top of the pepperoni cups, enjoy!
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Pasta Salad Pepperoni Cups, Hormel Pepperoni baked until crispy and topped with a creamy orzo pasta salad! - ThisSillyGirlsLife.com #PepItUp #Ad

Pasta Salad Pepperoni Cups, Hormel Pepperoni baked until crispy and topped with a creamy orzo pasta salad! - ThisSillyGirlsLife.com #PepItUp #Ad

Pasta Salad Pepperoni Cups, Hormel Pepperoni baked until crispy and topped with a creamy orzo pasta salad! - ThisSillyGirlsLife.com #PepItUp #Ad

I really hope you enjoyed this recipe! The dressing is so flavorful, feel free to use it on regular salads as well!

Pasta Salad Pepperoni Cups, Hormel Pepperoni baked until crispy and topped with a creamy orzo pasta salad! - ThisSillyGirlsLife.com #PepItUp #Ad

I really love the convenience of these pre-sliced Hormel Pepperonis! There are literally thousands of recipes they would be perfect in! You could even make the pepperoni like I did here, into crispy chips and serve them with a fun dip. How cute would that be?!

Pasta Salad Pepperoni Cups, Hormel Pepperoni baked until crispy and topped with a creamy orzo pasta salad! - ThisSillyGirlsLife.com #PepItUp #Ad

What are some of your favorite ways to eat Hormel Pepperoni? If you love them as much as I do, then I suggest you follow them on Twitter and Facebook to see what they are up to!

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